Changed restrictions on company names

Changes to regulations around company names came into effect on 31st January. Companies House has updated its guidance, at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/incorporation-and-names.

The changes include removals from the list of ‘Sensitive words and expressions’. A Bates Wells Braithwaite email points out that the absence of a term from this list doesn’t mean that the name is automatically compliant with charity law. For instance, the Charity Commission still has requirements around the use of ‘Authority’, ‘European’, ‘International’, ‘National’, ‘Registered’ and ‘United Kingdom’. The email also points out that the most significant change is to the circumstances in which two very similar names may be allowed onto the Register of Companies.

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